Australia: Finding La Dolce Vita Down Under

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Australia has over 2,000 wineries throughout the country. Did you know what we call “wineries” are called “cellar doors” in Australia? There are so many there are distinct and diverse styles of wine that will cater to everyone’s palate. 

A strong focus on farm-to-table cuisine enhances the wines of Australia. You can be sure to be on an epicurean journey of epic proportions. Explore the wine and food culture and take a trip to Australia’s scenic vineyards. 


Sparkling with Italian tradition is Australia’s Prosecco. Gaze over rows of grapevines which will take you to a scene reminiscent of Northern Italy’s wine region. 

In 2011, five vintners collaborated to create the King Valley Prosecco Road. Located a three-hour drive away from Melbourne, it is a food-and-wine trail that invites visitors to bask in King Valley and the prosecco lifestyle. Tastings at cellar doors, pasta-making classes, Italian food, and terraces designed for sipping in the sunshine. 

King Valley Vineyard in Australia

King Valley Vineyard in Australia

  • Dal Zotto Wines

Raise a glass to Otto Dal Zotto. They offer visitors the opportunity to pick grapes with the family at an event called Pick Your Own Prosecco.

  • Sam Miranda Wines

Do you fancy a carefree party vibe with every pop of its award-winning NV prosecco and prosato (rosé prosecco)? Anticipate whimsical prosecco cocktails. This is made with fresh fruit and local cordials and topped with cotton candy. How is that for a bubbly afternoon on a sunny terrace? 

  • Pizzini Wines

The Pizzini wines imbibe a strong sense of family tradition. Take a pasta-making class at their cooking school, A Tavola! Take a sip of their collection of four Pizzini proseccos, including Il Soffio, a dry, citrusy bubbly introduced recently. 

  • Chrismont

They welcome visitors to their airy tasting room and ultramodern restaurant. House-made ravioli stuffed with local goat cheese and beef carpaccio drizzled in fresh fig dressing are among their must-try dishes. A 180-degree-view terrace makes prosecco sipping more special. Their prosecco is simple, celebratory, and well worth the journey.

  • Brown Brothers

Brown Brothers are one of Australia’s oldest vineyards. Their wine is made for every type of adventurous spirit. Every sip of their wine creates a new experience painted with nostalgia, excitement, and endless possibilities. They are a wine company with tradition but not a traditional wine company. 

Chrismont Winery - Cormac Hanrahan

Chrismont Winery – Cormac Hanrahan


Welcome to Yarra Valley! Start the senses going at French Champagne company Moet & Chandon’s Australian production house Domain Chandon. Take a fascinating walk through the winery explaining the nuance of Sparkling Wine Production. Won’t you love a relaxing glass of Australia’s best bubbly with a view? 

Inspired Travel Designs recommends a wine and wildlife discovery tour. This tour combines local farms, cafes, and wildlife. Interested in kangaroos? A full day at Kangaroo Island will intrigue you. Organic markets, German villages, and more! 

Nestled in the foothills of Warramate Hills is Helen & Joey Estate. They offer a unique range of wines.

Have a refreshing chardonnay at Yering Station Winery and Gallery. They offer a rustic charm in the winery building and a contemporary art gallery. 

Yering Station Cellar Door in Australia

Yering Station Cellar Door in Australia


Mornington Peninsula houses over 200 small-scale vineyards and 50 cellar doors. Pinot Noir is big and bold traditionally. This Peninsula’s pinot unique is its delicate restraint which gives you earthy yet elegant wines. 

Stonier Wines’ Merron’s Vineyard Pinot Noir – a single vineyard wine with vibrant aromas of cherry, cranberry, and rose. Take pleasure in this estate vineyards in their pristine cool-climate maritime region. 


Outstanding Semillon production is an outcome of the humid and warm climate of Hunter Valley. Experience Hunter Valley through its most iconic vineyards – Tyrell’s, Brokenwood, and Audrey Wilkinson. Indulge yourself in a signature wine expedition at each vineyard. Experience behind the scenes and sample their award-winning wines. How lovely it would be to indulge yourself with wine and delightful conversations with Bruce or Chris Tyrell!

Sacred Sites Experience - Hosted by Bruce or Chris Tyrrell - Tyrell's

Sacred Sites Experience – Hosted by Bruce or Chris Tyrrell – Tyrell’s



Penfolds Magill Estate is a must for wine lovers! Taste their 2018 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz. The taste profile is generous, bright-fruited, robust – a traditional style wine. 

Celebrate food and wine, unravel a wine experience of great proportions. Explore the spiritual birthplace of some of the most well-known wine-making stories. 


Margaret River cabernet sauvignon is infused with unique scents like currants, sea spray, and eucalyptus. 

Take a trip to  Moss Wood in Wilyabrup. Their cabernet sauvignon has a complexity of cherries, violet, and a toasty bouquet of plum. 


This is the birthplace of South Australia’s wine industry. They are the leading producer of grenache in Australia. 

If you love a wine that spells the purity of the fruit and is medium-bodied, I recommend grenache. d’Arenberg – high on the hill and overlooking McLaren Vale is one of the most established and inventive wineries of South Australia. Their grenache carries the classic flavors of spice, licorice, and blueberries. 

McLaren Vale Wine Region

McLaren Vale Wine Region


The fertile land of the Tamar Valley produces some of the world’s outstanding sparkling wines. Head to Moores Hill and see a winery that is 100% solar powered. They make a great NV Sparkling Blanc de Noir – using traditional French methods, this is aged for seven years. 


The climate of Canberra District is well known for its riesling. Their riesling is sought after because of its brisk acidity, high aroma, and brisk palate. Experience this at Helm Wines, and never miss out on trying the 2019 Helm Classic Dry Riesling. 

Welcome to VIP access to meticulously curated, magically experienced tailor-made itineraries to Australia’s fantastic wine experiences. Go beyond the guide books. Let me take you to under-the-radar gems, epicurean awesomeness, and those “oh wow” experiences that you can never find in any guidebook. I can make it happen for you! Click here to set up some time!

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